proximitythe53rd's review of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation


1575 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 2.9

Price: $$$


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene, Glycol, Glycerine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinal Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Dis-Butydimethicone Polyglyceryl-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Glutamate, Sorbitan, Sesquiisostearate, 1-Methylhdantoin-2-Imide, Phenoxyenthanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polusilocone-2, Serralysin, Curcuma Longa, Glycuosyl Hesperidin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocpherol, [ /- (May Contain): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)].

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Please see April 2015 update below.

So much has already been said, I'm keeping this review brief and to the point (not bothering to describe the product in detail):
- my shade is Siberia, it's quite yellow, but it's a cool(er) yellow
- you need to prep your skin well, as with most foundations, or this can look awful, really sitting on top of skin, not looking natural etc.**
- have had good luck with: flat foundation brush, mini flat foundation brush, damp sponge, fingers, using pressing/patting motions. Have had bad luck with: brushes that use more of a buffing action, dry sponge, using rubbing/buffing/dragging motions. **
- less is more, somewhat buildable coverage, stop when you're still thinking you could add more
- average-ish lasting power
- I only need to lightly powder it sometimes; never heavily powder, sometimes skip powder
- not sure if it has much of a 'glow' I find it more like demi-matte? don't believe it has any shimmer.
- can sink into pores **
- will absolutely show dry/flaky patches**
- color is a good neutralizer of my red cheeks
- for once, I seem to have found a foundation I can wear frequently without seeing an increase in acne. This is WHY this foundation is my go-to at the moment. **
- however I have not seen any skincare benefits (nor did I expect to)
- shake before use

Bonus Section - Packaging Woes:
I didn't buy the pump. Later I thought about it, but if you buy only the pump from the NARS website, along with shipping etc. the price becomes ridiculous for what you'll get. (AKA something that should have come with the product for free.)
The rubberized big square part of the cap IS REMOVABLE. If you pull that sucker off, you won't be doomed to have an ugly foundation top covered in foundation-y fingerprints. However, the small plastic cap underneath is WEAK.
Mine cracked (and I'm pretty gentle on makeup products). Now I'm having to put plastic wrap over the bottle before putting the cap on to make sure I get an airtight seal. I am ordering a little bottle from Muji to decant the foundation into, and then I won't have these packaging woes anymore. Haha!

** April 2015 Update **
This is still my go-to everyday foundation, primarily because this is literally the only foundation I've tried with an acceptable color match which doesn't cause me breakouts when used regularly (or even every day). I would still prefer a slightly cooler/less yellow shade, however I have found a great way to address ALL of my feelings about the texture being less-than-perfect. (See above re: accentuating dry patches, etc.)
This discovery means that I'm much happier with this foundation than before, so I was tempted to change my rating to a 5 rather than a 4, but the change is due to another product, so I'm leaving Sheer Glow's rating as-is. However, read on for teh magic:

I mix NARS Sheer Glow with Dr Organic Snail Gel. Pretty much any ratio of mixing is a success, it's just a question of how much coverage I want. 1/3 Snail Gel to 2/3 Sheer Glow doesn't change the coverage of the foundation too much, but completely fixes the texture. 2/3 Snail Gel to 1/3 Sheer Glow gives tinted moisturizer level coverage. My usual ratio is 50/50.
Mixing these products together means that Sheer Glow doesn't sink into pores, and doesn't accentuate dry patches. It makes application a piece of cake. Seriously, cake! I can literally just rub it in with my fingers like a moisturizer and go. It's like magic. I've never been able to do that before, with any foundation, even much more sheer ones. Mixed with Snail Gel, Sheer Glow actually lives up to its name - it is sheer, and glowing! The gel gives the foundation a dewy finish, visually, while still feeling dry/skin-like to the touch. It doesn't adversely affect lasting time either.
These days I customize my coverage as-needed. I mix my usual 50/50 ratio of Sheer Glow and Snail Gel on my hand, and rub it in all over. It sets quickly, and I can come back to any areas that need more coverage, either tapping more of my mixture on with fingers, or using very small amounts of just the foundation, pressed/tapped/patted over red cheeks / pigmentation to get my complexion looking even all over. Then follow with pinpoint concealing as needed.

Another factoid worth knowing is that Sheer Glow can perform pretty decently as a blemish concealer if you put a little dab on your (clean!) mirror at the beginning of your routine, and let it dry down. When you're ready to conceal, pick it up with a small brush to press over blemishes / pigmentation / marks just where needed, and tap with a finger to blend. It's not full coverage, but I'm happy with it for everyday use. (And it wipes off the mirror with a tissue without leaving smudges.) It's amazing the things you learn when you're on your 3rd bottle of the same foundation! I've done a lot of experimentation with Sheer Glow since, as I've said above, it's pretty much the only foundation I can count on not to break me out.

I mostly don't powder my foundation anymore, because I love the dewy finish of Sheer Glow mixed with Snail Gel. But if it's a hot day, I will powder selectively and as lightly as possible. (I think it helps my foundation hold up better against sweating.) I do usually very lightly powder areas where I've done pinpoint concealing so that holds up for longer ... but the amount of powder is tiny. Essentially, if I'm asking myself "is there really powder on this brush, or is it just my imagination?" that's the correct amount of powder ;)

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